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Fall Semester 2022 Upcoming Exhibitions

Carl Brown Photography

Until August 19

This exhibition of photographs by Carl Brown, a Columbus native who recorded life in his hometown during the 1940s and 1950s, is presented in conjunction with the Columbus – Lowndes Public Library. The photographs are from the collection of the Library.

As quoted in the library material, Carl Eugene Brown first opened a photography studio in Columbus around 1946.  Over four decades as a photographer, Brown captured numerous changes and transformations to the Lowndes County area through the lens of his camera.  The opening of a store, the installation of telephone lines, and the construction of important buildings were all recorded by Brown.  This exhibit showcases some of his early work from the 1940s and 1950s and offers viewers a glimpse into a bygone era.

Southern Art from the Permanent Collection

Until August 23

With highlights from our wide scope of work by Southern artists, this exhibition features a variety of artistic disciplines, including painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, and digital imaging.

Mississippi Art from the Permanent Collection

Until September 9

Artwork from the early history of the university permanent collection through our most recent acquisitions are featured in this annual exhibition.

Gallery director Dr. Beverly Joyce will give a talk about the artwork on Thursday, September 1 at 12:30pm in the W Galleries.

What is a Portrait?

August 24 – October 7

A portrait is generally defined as an intended likeness of a specific person.  Traditionally, this has meant the physical resemblance of the individual. In this exhibition, we explore a variety of approaches to portraiture, from the traditional to the symbolic, in artwork from our permanent collection.

Gallery director Dr. Beverly Joyce will give a talk about the artwork on Thursday, September 1 at 12:30pm in the W Galleries.

Looking Back: Artwork by Former Faculty

August 29 – September 30

Looking Back features artwork from the university permanent art collection by former faculty from the early 20th century to more recent faculty.  The exhibition complements the Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition to show the history of outstanding art professors at The W.

Gallery director Dr. Beverly Joyce will give a talk about the artwork on Thursday, September 1 at 12:30pm in the W Galleries.

Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition

September 15 – October 21

This exhibition focuses on recent artwork by the Department of Art and Design faculty: Shawn Dickey, Alex Stelioes-Wills, Ian Childers, and Steve Meeks.

The reception and gallery talk for the exhibition will be on Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 – 7:00pm. 

Queer Aesthetics

October 5 – November 10

As part of her provost fellowship that focuses on the W’s strategic priorities of community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion, philosophy professor Dr. Jill Drouillard has curated this exhibition that highlights artwork from the LGBTQ+ community.  The exhibition is part of a series of initiatives that focuses on queer visibility in an effort to upset or to queer traditional modes of knowledge production.  
Dr. Drouillard will give a gallery talk about the exhibition on October 13 at 12:30. The closing reception for the exhibition will be on November 10 from 5:30 to 7:00pm.

African Masks from the Permanent Collection

October 12 – December 16

This exhibition features a set of masks from central Africa.  Little was known about this collection until recently when Dr. Brittany Sheldon, an art historian specializing in African art, was able to identify the ethnic group for each mask. She posits that the masks are quality copies of original masks used in ceremonies and are examples of the African tourist economy.

Día de los Muertos installation

October 17 – November 4

View our annual ofrenda (altar) honoring the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead.  Professor Erinn Holloway will give a gallery talk about the tradition on Thursday, November 3 at 12:30pm.

BFA Exhibition

November 2  -  December 2

Celebrate this capstone exhibition with our graduating seniors: Lexie Ava, Justin Carson, Dominique Wells, and Georgia Wood.  The reception and senior presentations TBA.